For a great UK city break, why not check out Plymouth, perhaps Devon's most exciting city. The Duke of Cornwall, our Best Western hotel in Plymouth, is a luxurious, Victorian-Gothic building. It provides a perfect central base from which to explore the city, the surrounding county or even to visit Cornwall and the Eden Project.
Plymouth is a vibrant and exciting metropolis located on the south coast and packed full of attractions for people of all ages. One place where many visitors spend a large portion of their time is around Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake casually finished his game of bowls before setting sail and defeating the Spanish Armada. To really take in the historical, strategic importance of the port city, one must first take a look round Smeaton's Tower, an important lighthouse and then the Royal Citadel, designed by Sir Bernard de Gomme in the late 1660s, a truly magnificent fort and the most important English defence for over 100 years. The city itself is atmospheric and very aesthetically pleasing. John Foulston, a neo-classical architect, designed a number of magnificent and grand, public buildings, during the early nineteenth century, many of which (despite a series of demolitions and bombings) survive today, including a Greek-Doric-style Town Hall, a terrace of houses in Roman Corinthian style and an Egyptian library. This incongruity complements the quirky character of Plymouth nicely and it's certainly worth booking a hotel in Plymouth to witness the city's postmodern blend. For art-lovers, several of Foulston's paintings (of his wonderful architecture) are now held in the impressive City Art Gallery.
Shopping in Plymouth
Outside Bristol, Plymouth is the most popular centre for shopping in the South West. A stay in our Plymouth hotel means very easy access to a wide range of shops and stores. The Drake Circus Shopping Centre provides a number of large-name retailers as well as a host of individual shops and boutiques. It is located at the end of Cornwall Street. The pedestrianisation of the city centre gives a day out shopping a more relaxed feel, especially since the city's extensive spectrum of shopping districts are easily and logically laid out for easy access. In the historic Barbican quarter many one-offs and unique items can be found - you never know what you might find!
Eating and drinking in Plymouth
Being a port city, it is unsurprising that the city has an extremely high standard of cuisine. The best place to head for the crème de la crème is to the cobbled harbour side where the haut-de-cuisine crowd lurk. Above all, however, Plymouth is known for its hearty, traditional British recipes, served up in a host of friendly pubs, cosy cafes as well as many relaxed restaurant environments. Its placement between the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Dartmoor gives the city unrivalled access to beautiful, fresh ingredients. As you might expect from a historical, harbour town, traditional alehouses are ten to a penny. No one can deny that the city has a wide selection of watering holes for all salty seadogs to whet their whistles.
The city is a centre for much activity and excitement and all year round there are a number of festivals and events. Book our Plymouth hotel in the summer and witness the various celebrations of the sea being held, including the 'Plymouth Classic Boat Rally', 'the Port of Plymouth Regatta' and the 'Marine City Festival.' If boats or water are not your thing, book our hotel in Plymouth in May and see the thousands of cyclists (of all ages and abilities) joining as one to be part of 'Sky Ride Plymouth.' As it was such an important defensive site during the Age of Sail, there are plenty of forts and historic landmarks dotting the area. Check out Crownhill Fort, a well-restored example of a 'Palmerston Folly' (type of maritime defence built on the coast), or for something less military in nature, have a look round the Saltram Estate, just north of the River Plym, where you can visit a beautiful Jacobean and Georgian mansion. The nightlife in this vibrant city is varied and popular, the large number of themed bars and dance clubs will cater to everyone's tastes. For something a little more sophisticated, the Theatre Royal and Barbican put on a wide range of genres and styles from Eurydice to Bollywood dancing. A stay in a Plymouth hotel will give you easy access to the beautiful countrside of Devon, the perfect place for a relaxing day out. Choose a Best Western hotel in Plymouthto visit this remarkable city. You really will have a truly memorable UK city break.
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